Matthew Lillard Is NOT Happy After Being Replaced In Upcoming ‘Scooby Doo’ Film

For the longest time, Matthew Lillard has been known as Shaggy. He’s been in Hollywood for years, and you’ve probably seen him pop up on your TV or theater screen several times. Most recently, he surprised people with his great performance in Twin Peaks.

But still, he’s best known as Shaggy. He is THE Shaggy. He has played the lovable Scooby-Doo character since 2002. He starred in both ‘Scooby-Doo‘ and ‘Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed‘. He’s also been the voice of Shaggy for at least 10 other Scooby-Doo projects throughout the years, including the animated TV series, ‘Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’.

No one knows Shaggy better than Lillard, but for some reason, Hollywood has decided to replace him. A new ‘Scooby-Doo’ animated feature film will be coming soon, and Will Forte is set to voice Shaggy. Gina Rodriguez is set to voice Velma.

And it’s safe to say, Lillard was not happy to learn about this news…

Obviously Hollywood is not required to give him the role of Shaggy simply because he’s been playing him for so long, but still, it’s a low blow. They at least could have told him. I mean, why did they need to replace him with Forte? It’s not like Lillard wasn’t an acceptable Shaggy. Strange.

Watch The First Trailer For Netflix Comedy ‘A Futile And Stupid Gesture’ Starring Will Forte

Are you ready for some absurd comedy? Well, you’re going to get a healthy dose of it in Netflix’s comedy film A Futile And Stupid Gesture. The film, which stars Will Forte, is based on the story of Doug Kenney (Forte) who co-created the counter-culture comedy magazine National Lampoon.

The extremely talented Domnhall Gleeson plays co-creator Henry Beard, and Wet Hot American Summer’s David Wain is the director behind this project.

Entertainment Weekly provides us with more details:

“In the 1970s, Doug Kenney was the drum major who marched a new generation of comic iconoclasts to fame and fortune. Diehard Animal House fans might recognize him as Stork, the trenchcoat-wearing Delta brother who hijacks the Faber College marching band and leads them down a dead-end alley. But it was behind the scenes that Kenney made his remarkable impact on the world of comedy.

He co-founded National Lampoon, the irreverent, outrageous MAD-Magazine-on-acid monthly that cultivated writers like John Hughes and P.J. O’Rourke, helped launch the careers of performers who blossomed on Saturday Night Live, and co-wrote Animal House and Caddyshack. His comic seeds blossomed everywhere, and then … he was gone, a victim of his own excesses and inner demons.”

In addition to Forte and Gleeson, this movie also stars Joel McHale, Seth Green and Emmy Rossum. It will premiere on Netflix January 26, 2018.

Check out the trailer below…

Movie Review: Keanu – Endearing and Hilarious at the Same Time.

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First off, I’ll admit the name threw me. I mean, there’s literally only one thing you associate with Keanu, and that’s Keanu Reeves. But let’s make this clear. He’s not in this movie. However, the cat which this movie is focused around a is named Keanu, with a wink at Reeve’s prior pet revenge film John Wick.

The premise is a unique one. Two bumbling guys pose as bad assed drug dealers in order to save an adorable kitten that seems to leave tragedy in its wake. Despite the ridiculous premise, it’s actually buyable because the leads are that charming and the cat is ridiculous cute. Add gold chains and a dew rag to ridiculous cute, and you have a kitten, that even the hardest core thug will fall in love with.

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This is weird for me to say, because in theory, this movie should be everything I hate. Not only do I hate cats, I never particularly liked Key & Peele. They’re a real hit or miss for me, but this feels like one of their sketches that was a complete hit, because these guys had me laughing throughout.

It’s been a long time since this has happened to me with a comedy. I consider myself comedy desensitized because I see so many movies. As a result, I can understand when something is humorous in a pragmatic way, without actually laughing. Yeah, I know I’m a real bucket of laughs to go to the movies with. But rarely is something so funny that it catches me by surprise and makes me really laugh. Generally, if that happens once in a movie, I call that movie good.

I lost count of how many times Keanu made me do that. Maybe it’s the adorable premise (you haven’t felt heartwarming until you see a lot of really scary guys fighting over a really cute cat), or the way Key and Peele play off each other, but the entire thing is endearing and hilarious at the same time.

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Another thing to note is the excellent and understated cameos. Anna Farris pokes fun at herself as a katana wielding drug addict. Method Man also does a good job of playing tough yet vulnerable bad guy Cheddar.

But it’s the two stars who own the show. They don’t develop as characters. Instead, they’re genuinely nice from the beginning and never turn to the ‘nice guy goes bad’ cliché in the end. It’s a refreshing change of pace for a fish out of water comedy like this.

Of course, it’s not for the easily offended, but I will say this. These guys never make a joke for the sake of being offensive; instead, they try stay pretty true to life, stereotypes and all. Well, as true to life as a crazy story like this could get.

Keanu is coming in at a respectable 3rd at the box office, holding its own against big budget blockbusters The Jungle Book and The Huntsman; Winter’s War. The movie has earned its spot at the top, and is easily a great choice if you’re looking to laugh.


four and a half stars

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